In every sizable region there are various qualities of effort. There are the volume producers; there are the ambassadors; there are the investors with pockets and visions of various depths. As “Michigan Wine” continues to gain volume and diversity, we are on the lookout for new heights in quality. Shady Lane is a leader, with a deep reservoir of talent – exemplified by winemaker Adam Satchwell – and long term capital commitments that allow for crucial short term sacrifices (such as yield restriction, and severe selection of fruit and wine).
Short Name: Franc ‘n’ Franc
Full Name: 2011 Franc ‘n’ Franc
Producer: Shady Lane
Geography: Michigan, Leelanau
$9 glass : $32 bottle
Varieties: Blaufrankish (a.k.a. Lemberger), Cabernet Franc, Merlot. Cabernet Franc is only 36% of the blend but it plays a dominant role in its character.
Description: Red currants, berries, lavender. Bright and focused.
Comparables: Cabernet Franc, Chinon, Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Cabernet Sauvignon
Pairings: lamb, fatty fish, beef ragout, cooked greens.
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